Become an Election Judge

An Election Judge is an official responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place, on Election Day.

Serving as a Democratic Election Judge

To qualify to be an Election Judge, an applicant must: (DuPage County Election Commission)

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be a registered voter in DuPage County;
  • be of good repute and character;
  • be able to speak, read and write the English language;
  • be skilled in the four fundamental rules of arithmetic (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication)
  • be of good understanding and capable;
  • not be a candidate for any office at the election; and
  • not be an elected committeeman.

By state law, judges from both political parties must be assigned to each precinct on Election Day.  Therefore when you become a judge, you must declare which party you will represent.

If you vote in a Republican Primary, you cannot be a Democratic Election Judge until after the next primary.

Duties of an Election Judge

An Election Judge is appointed by his or her political party, and confirmed by the Circuit Court.  An Election Judge is actually a Deputy of the Court.  You are appointed for a two year term, and are expected to fulfill that two year term, barring any major life changes such as moving, new job, etc.

“Illinois Statutes require judges of election to complete training courses and pass a written examination in each two-year appointment period. A school of instruction and training session is conducted for this purpose. Prospective judges of election will receive a handbook and a home study review test prior to the school of instruction. All judges must attend and satisfactorily complete the course or complete the online training & testing offered before each election in order to receive extra compensation for each election served.”  DuPage County Election Commission

You will be appointed as an Election Judge for a specific polling place.  However, sometimes the Election Commission may ask you to fill in at a different location.

Judges are expected to report to the polling place by 5:15 a.m. election morning and be prepared to remain in the polling place for approximately two hours after the 7:00 p.m. close of the polls to assist in tabulating votes from voting machines and putting away materials.  Prior to Election Day you will also be asked to help set up voting booths and equipment at the polling place,   You cannot work half a day, you must commit to the full Election Day.  You will be able to take breaks.  If you serve as a judge, you should plan on voting in Early Voting or Absentee Voting which is done by mail.

There is no hierarchy of seniority in a polling place on Election Day.  No Election Judge has more authority than any other Election Judge.  However certain Election Judges are specially trained as Technical Judges who have special training in the operation of the equipment.

Election Judge Pay

Base pay for a Judge of Election is $130 for Election Day.
A judge who has completed the school of instruction and testing will receive an additional $30 compensation.
In addition, the election judges who pick up the election supplies and return them at the conclusion of Election Day will receive additional compensation.

How to Get Appointed  .

To be appointed as a Democratic Election Judge, you should contact your Democratic Precinct Committeeman or your Democratic Township Chair.